Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

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Architects: Fabrica 718
Location: City, NY, USA
Architectural Designer:
Architect Of Record: Studio Cicetti Architect
Design Team: Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
Expediter: Schnall Consulting
Contractor: WM Dorvillier & Co
Passive House Engineer: ZeroEnergy Design
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hai Zhang

Shield House / Studio H:T

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Architects: Studio H:T
Location: , Colorado, USA
Area: 3,250 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Raul Garcia

School of Earth & Space Exploration / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Center for Meteorite Studies, South McAllister Avenue, , AZ 85287, USA
Executive Architects: HDR Architecture, Inc
General Contractor: SUNDT Construction
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center Still at Risk

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Despite a 15-6 Legislature vote in February that ruled in favor of preserving Paul Rudolph’s brutalist landmark in , reports indicate that demolition is still being considered as an option. According to the Times Herald-Record, an ad hoc panel led by pro-demolition County Executive Ed Diana selected a team of architects and engineers to develop three options in 90 days for “renovating and replacing” sections of the 43-year-old complex. Though many thought the 18-month-long campaign ended with February’s ruling, it is apparent that the heated debate is far from over. Ultimately, lawmakers must vote again on the project to authorize bonding for construction.

‘Occupy the Dune’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Balmori Associates

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Recently chosen as one of the selected entries for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, the ‘Occupy the Dune’ proposal by Balmori Associates focuses on an infrastructure as the center for civic activity, protecting the community while connecting it socially and ecologically. Vegetation that colonizes the dunes surface is the most critical part of the ecosystem, adding strength and stability to blunt extreme winds and storm surge. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University / The Collaborative Inc

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Architects: The Collaborative Inc
Location: Catholic Campus Ministry, Wright State University, 3650 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, OH 45324, USA
Mep Engineer: Heapy Engineering
Structural Engineer: LKL Engineers
Area: 5980.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 421 West B Street, , CA 92101, USA
Area: 772.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeff Dow

’71%’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Reddymade Design + Horns and Tails Productions

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In response to MoMA PS1′s call for new ideas for rebuilding in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy, the 71% proposal by Reddymade Design + Horns and Tails Productions was one of the selected entries which suggests ways in which uncontrollable natural phenomena might be absorbed by the environment to create a balanced system of landscape, infrastructure, and architecture. A multi-layered proposal, it suggests several lines of defense and integration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Music City Center / tvsdesign

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: 201 5th Avenue South, , TN 37203, USA
Associated Architects: Tuck-Hinton Architects, Moody-Nolan
Client: Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
Area: 1200000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brian Gassel

MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Sorg Architects

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In response to the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, ‘The Water Dyke’ proposal, which was one of the selected entries, focused not only on rebuilding the boardwalk, but on creating the boardwalk as a community gathering place and a functional infrastructure to protect the shoreline. Designed by Sorg Architects, their concept of the Water Dyke is to harness water itself to retain a storm surge and thereby the shoreline from damaging floods.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ Exhibition

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Taking place at the Center for Architecture July 11-October 26, the ‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics‘ exhibition traces significant new projects that exemplify innovative architectural forms and spaces while serving as conduits for social inclusion. With measurable results, Colombia’s largest cities—most visibly Medellin—have demonstrated how visionary approaches to urban planning and architecture can improve circumstances for the lower classes, enhance the quality of life for all, and attract business and tourism. A brief review of significant recent projects reveals an overarching commitment to design as well as a sensitivity to the role of context and the immediate needs of a population. More information on the exhibition after the break.

The End of Car Culture

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President Obama’s ambitious goals to curb the ’ greenhouse gas emissions will get a fortuitous assist from an incipient shift in American behavior: recent studies suggest that Americans are buying fewer , driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by.

That has left researchers pondering a fundamental question: Has America passed peak driving? Read the complete article here.

‘Occupy Infrastructure’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Barkow Leibinger Architects

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One of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, the ’Occupy Infrastructure’ proposal by Barkow Leibinger Architects is three-fold. The main idea is to construct a network of retaining berms based on priority and need with local materials and by the communities that they protect. These berms are not continuous (like a wall) but overlap to allow beach access, gateways, and to maintain visual and spatial openness and continuity between beaches and neighborhoods.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chambers Eat + Drink / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 601 Eddy Street, , CA 94109, USA
Design Team: Charles Doell and Miriam Marchevsky Alegra Design Team: Charles Doell, Miriam Marchevsky, and Alvaro Bonfiglio
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeff Dow

Circuit of The Americas / Miró Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Location: Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, , TX 78617, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Finkel | Piston Design, Circuit of the Americas, Tomas Segura, Ted Parker, Jr. | Circuit of the Americas, Steve Colburn, Courtesy of , Dorna Sports, Michael Hsu |

Jackrabbit Wash / Aaron D’Innocenzo

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Architects: Aaron D’Innocenzo
Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA
Area: 148 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aaron D’Innocenzo

Brigham Building for the Future Proposal / NBBJ

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital just broke ground last week on the Brigham Building for the Future, a 620,000 square-foot translational research and clinical facility designed by NBBJ. Located on the hospital’s Longwood campus, the 11-story project will house eight floors of research laboratories, three floors of clinics, a state-of-the-art imaging facility, social spaces, and a 400-car garage, along with associated site improvements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

28+: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Michael Sorkin Studio

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Taking its name from the elevation above which the city is safe from floods, The ’28+’ proposal by Michael Sorkin Studio for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas is a habitable levee. Not simply does it allow the protection – and selective replacement – of buildings otherwise at risk, it actually increases the stock of waterfront residences and commercial spaces and improves public transit connections to the rest of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.